Pretoria – Mazda has added a new flagship derivative to its CX-3 compact crossover lineup with a raft of active safety features, the most important of which is being introduced across the entire CX-3 range.

What Mazda calls G-Vectoring Control – and everybody else knows as torque vectoring – monitors the position of the steering wheel relative to the direction of travel (i.e. under or oversteer) and how hard your foot is down, and then finely modulates engine torque to keep the car going in the direction where the front wheels are pointed, improving both handling and ride comfort.

The new CX-3 top dog is the two-litre Individual Plus, which, in addition to torque vectoring, also boasts adaptive cruise control and braking, adaptive LED headlights, lane departure warning, driver attention alert and blind sport monitoring.

The new Individual Plus and the one-step-down Individual derivatives also get a new side door trim and are available in two new colours – mica blue and a dark grey metallic.

All CX-3s are covered by a three-year unlimited distance warranty, a three-year service plan and three years’ roadside assistance. What’s not available yet, however, is the pricing of the 2017 CX-3 range; as soon as we see them, so will you.

IOL Motoring

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